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  • New Yorkers build Steve Jobs shrine at 5th Avenue Apple store

    It’s 1am and the temperature has dropped much lower than what it should be for an Autumn night, but that hasn’t stopped people from coming to the flagship Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York, to pay their respects to the man at the heart of it all. The spray-paint on the side of one of the construction walls says it all: iLove Steve. Steve Jobs is being remembered on Twitter and other social media sites, as people take to the online world he helped to create with his innovative products to express their sadness at his death. But...

  • ‘You showed us that there is a better way': The tech world mourns Steve Jobs

    News of Steve Jobs' death sent the tech world into mourning. As the news spread, people rushed to pay tribute the visionary, famed as much for his black turtle-neck sweaters as for his feats at Apple. On Twitter #RIPSteveJobs was cemented as the lead trending topic, with #ThankYouSteve taking up second spot and #iSad third. Among the hardest hit were the leading players in the tech industry. To them Jobs was variously, a friend, competitor, mentor and inspiration. Many of them led the praise for Jobs on social media. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was candid in his praise...

  • Story-telling, UX, and how to find your spine

    When I changed career path from journalism to user experience design, it was largely on the faith my friend Lidia had in my journalism skills. “Dude!” she said, “You’re perfect for this.” At the time Lidia was wrapping up her PhD in Human Computer Interaction at Swansea University, where I was editing itwales.com. To her, it didn’t matter that I’d had minimal exposure to UX until that point. As a career changer herself (from social work to HCI), Lidia knew firsthand that skills can be learned and adapted as needed, but aptitude and appetite can’t be bought or taught. Fast forward...

  • ‘Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish': The best Steve Jobs quotes

    Steve Jobs' passing will leave a hole in the hearts of tech fans. He was revered for his industry-changing devices and progressive ideas, with fans hanging onto his every word at Apple events. In his famous Stanford commencement speech Jobs urged eager students to "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish". Steven Paul Jobs helped to shape the modern world of tech and he will be remembered for more than the quotes listed below. 1985 -- Playboy magazine "I don't think I've ever worked so hard on something, but working on Macintosh was the neatest experience of my life. Almost everyone who worked on it...

  • Tim Cook is a genius: Why there’s no iPhone 5 just yet

    The world is “disappointed” with the new Apple iPhone 4S. You haven’t been able to read or watch any reporting about the event (aside from boring, sober reportage) without hearing talking heads expound their “disappointment,” and wax lyrical about the “market’s muted response” and how Apple “failed to wow”. It’s an evolutionary upgrade to a product that has been on the market for 14 months. Nothing revolutionary. It doesn’t have to be. In fact, had Apple announced a must-have device it would’ve alienated the 100-million-odd iPhone 4 owners. Can you imagine the resentment you’d feel? Your device is only a...

  • ‘While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius’ – RiP Steve Jobs [videos]

    The tech world is a little darker and a little emptier following the passing of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. With accolades pouring in from all corners of the globe for the one of the greatest minds of the 20th and 21st centuries, the world has turned to the web to share thoughts, memories, and condolences of the Apple visionary. Memeburn decided to look back at the moments that contributed to the greatness that was Steve Jobs. If ever there was anyone who doubted that Jobs was one of the “greatest innovators,” as US President Barack Obama described Jobs in his tribute...

  • 4 steps to ‘acquirability’ in an age of tech optimism

    In the midst of a financial crisis earlier this year, news circulated that Apple held more cash than the US government. Analysts took what they wanted from the situation, but one thing is clear: Technology is driving wealth creation despite uncertainty in many sectors. Some have called it the Second Gilded age of massive wealth creation -- the original Gilded Age being the Roaring Twenties in the railroad era. Startup geeks and entrepreneurs are keen to take advantage, but so are investors. In his book, Richistan, the Wall Street Journal’s Robert Frank profiles the world’s new moneyed rich and...

  • 4 reasons Twitter could one day be bigger than Facebook

    Nick Bilton from the New York Times wrote a cogent piece on why he believes Facebook is more popular than Twitter. He believes that Twitter’s idiosyncrasies such as the @ and # symbols stifle mass adoption and he describes how his sister found the process of tweeting and tagging someone to be slightly obscure. The premise of his article in his own words: But if Twitter hopes to grow at the pace of Facebook, it will have to figure out how to stop thinking in @ symbols, and start thinking like my sister. I agree, but I believe Twitter could gradually blossom...

  • How Tim Cook disappointed Apple fanboys everywhere

    The fourth of October was a date marked down in every geek's calendar, especially those in the Apple cult. Apple’s keynotes have become events that rival Christmas Eve in terms of anticipation. Oh how ringing the sense of disappointment in the Apple fan club must have been after Tuesday’s keynote. When Steve Jobs said farewell to the company and left Tim Cook at the helm of the world’s most valuable tech empire, everyone expected Cook’s reign to begin with a bang. Sadly very little “bang” occurred in his first keynote. The affair played out like a variety show, with...

  • Samsung adopts ‘aggressive stance’ toward Apple’s iPhone 4S

    Korean electronics giant Samsung announced that it will file separate preliminary injunctions against Apple in Paris, France and Milano, Italy with the aim of blocking sales of the freshly launched iPhone 4S in those countries. The injunction requests, which are the latest salvo in a pitched legal battle between the two tech giants, “each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets,” according to statement released by Samsung. WCDMA is a mobile communications system which enables the continued support of voice, text, data and multimedia...

  • eCommerce site buys Mr Delivery arm to offer same-day deliveries

    TAKEALOT, a South African online retail store and Mr Delivery Express, a subsidiary company of Mr Delivery Holdings are teaming up to give “speedier and more efficient service through the eventual introduction of same-day delivery for any item held in stock.” Simply put, same-day delivery for online shoppers. A 40% stake in Mr Delivery Express has been cemented by TAKEALOT and is said to be “a first of its kind in the South African e-commerce industry.” “Mr Delivery has a national footprint and partnering with TAKEALOT was a natural evolution given the nature of their business. With the logistical backbone that...

  • 7 Ways to take advantage of the rise in Facebook marketing

    Since the inception of Facebook, its developers have managed to make it a place where individuals have a home. Further to that Facebook has made it is place where the brands and businesses that Facebook users “like”, have a platform to engage and socialise with their fans -- and attract new ones. But what areas of Facebook are available for you and your brand to take advantage of and how does Facebook make a buck while letting you engage? Facebook revenue Facebook CPC (Cost Per Click) advertising has been the area in which Facebook has earned a large chunk of...

  • Review: A little Xperia Ray of sunshine

    In a world of increasingly samey Android phones, Sony Ericsson drops the Xperia Ray. It’s pretty hard to make a mobile phone eye-catching or even desirable. Sure, the Jesus phone is attractive enough, but the Xperia Ray makes you want to pick it up and fondle it suggestively. It’s also pleasantly functional -- after a disastrous fling with Microsoft and Winpho, the Andoid-based phones in the Xperia range are pretty good. This phone is really small, and really powerful. If you’re hip and connected, and by hip I mean really, really hip, so hip that any bulge in your skinny...

  • Cheat Sheet: The Apple iPhone 4S event in a nutshell

    At its Cupertino campus on Tuesday, Apple unveiled a new iPhone as well as iPod updates, pricing and availability for iOS 5, iCloud and iTunes Match. Apple also announced two new apps, and introduced the world to its intelligent software assistant, Siri, that helps you get things done though speech. Here’s what happened, in a nutshell. iPhone 4S Same design, better internals. It has a dual-core A5 CPU with graphics that can be up to seven times faster than in the iPhone 4. The antenna has been upgraded with “intelligent switching” for better call quality. The 4S is capable of download (HSDPA) speeds of 14.4Mbps...

  • India unveils $45 Akash tablet

    A US$45 tablet is now a reality, thanks to Indian ingenuity. The tablet launches this week and its hope is to bring the digital age to millions of students across India. The “Akash” or “Sky” is to be launched in New Deli by Kapil Sibal, India's Human Resources Development Minister. The Akash will apparently have a seven-inch screen, 180 minutes of battery and the ability to play content. The tablet will also include Android 2.2 as its operating system, will have two USB ports, video-conferencing capabilities and an expandable memory slot (up to 32GB). One downside to the Akash will be...